Providence School utilizes a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. All students in grades 6-12 are required to bring a Windows 10/11 device that meets the recommended minimum requirements stated below. We strongly believe that using technology to engage students in the learning process in a valuable way to prepare our students for their future career endeavors. With Office 365, Canvas Learning Management System, and the integration of new teaching techniques, your child will be better prepared for college and beyond.

About the BYOD Program
Providence strives to stay on top of the rapid changes in technology. The School is constantly assessing how technology best fits into the academic curriculum and prepares our students for college and life. To this end, technology remains in the forefront as a vital initiative for the school.

Providence strongly recommends the Surface device for our students in grades 6-12. The learning environment regarding technology works better when every device works the same way. Based on feedback from our staff we are asking parents to honor our request providing a device that meets our specifications. Depending on your student’s schedule there are classes that Apple Laptops don’t perform well in due to software compatibility limitations.

Device Minimum Requirements

There are many other manufacturers who build Windows-based tablets (Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, etc.). If you’d like to find something other than the Surface line, any tablets that meet or exceed the following specifications will work:

    • 8-10 hour battery life
    • 10″ or larger touch screen
    • At least 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM
    • Instant-on; SSD boot drive
    • Windows 10/11; Not Window 10S
    • Keyboard capability (e.g. USB connected keyboard or Bluetooth)

Also Recommended

Non-Windows Devices

An iPad, Android tablet or Chromebook is not sufficient for the needs of our students. Many digital textbooks and educational resources cannot be installed or displayed on these devices and will not be allowed as the student’s primary device.

Providence primarily supports the Windows OS, however students have used Mac devices without issue in the past. Please be aware that if a class requires software that is incompatible with their Mac, they will be responsible for finding a replacement or alternative solution.

Protecting Your Device

Protecting your device is extremely important.  We recommend a strong case or sleeve for protection from breakage.  Ultimately it is the student/family’s responsibility to have a working device that meets the minimum standards listed above. Breakages and malfunctions will happen which is why having an Accidental Damage Protection plan such as Microsoft Complete is so important. 

 See the Tablet Care page for more information on how to protect your device.